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There are now 100 trailblazing cities mostly powered by clean energy.
Written by Anja Barisic
Not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP has reported that of the 570 plus global cities on their books, over 100 get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind.
The list includes large cities such as Auckland (New Zealand); Nairobi (Kenya); Oslo (Norway); Seattle (USA) and Vancouver (Canada), and is more than double the 40 cities who reported that they were powered by at least 70% clean energy in 2015.*
London-based CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) also published that 40 cities claim to be 100 percent powered by renewable sources.**
Cities powered by 100% renewable electricity include:
Burlington, USA: Vermont’s largest city now obtains 100% of its electricity from wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. The city has its own utility and citywide grid. In September 2014 the local community approved the city's purchase of its ‘Winooski One’ Hydroelectric Facility.
Reykjavik, Iceland: sources all electricity from hydropower and geothermal, and is now working to make all cars and public transit fossil-free by 2040. Iceland has almost entirely transitioned to clean energy for power and household heating.
Basel, Switzerland: is 100% renewable powered by its own energy supply company. Most electricity comes from hydropower and 10% from wind. In May 2017 Switzerland voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy.
The data shows that cities not only want to transition to renewable energy, but they are capable.
Kyra Appleby, Director of Cities, CDP said: “Cities are responsible for 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions and there is immense potential for them to lead on building a sustainable economy. Reassuringly, our data shows much commitment and ambition. Cities not only want to shift to renewable energy but, most importantly - they can."
More than ever, cities around the globe are taking environmental action and leading the way to a sustainable future. See the full list here.
Find out more about how Origin is leading the way to a clean energy future.
More about the author
Anja is Origin’s blog content lead. She’s passionate about taking information and bringing it to life in interesting, relevant and useful ways for our audiences. Outside of work, the Pilates-loving, fashion-obsessed Melbourne girl can be found at the beach, soaking up the sun.